Posts Tagged 'drones'

How are ‘militants’ identified?

Two very questionable methods for ‘identifying’ militants are currently in use – local level informants, and analysis of mobile phone data. The drone campaign relies heavily on local informants and spies. And these men (and women?) are paid handsomely for

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How are ‘militants’ identified?

Two very questionable methods for ‘identifying’ militants are currently in use – local level informants, and analysis of mobile phone data. The drone campaign relies heavily on local informants and spies. And these men (and women?) are paid handsomely for

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Are Drones Precision Weapons?

There is actually little evidence to suggest that drone strikes are as accurate as the American military and political establishment claim. But this myth of accuracy, and the numbers often trotted out to confirm this myth, hides two crucial facts:

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Are Drones Precision Weapons?

There is actually little evidence to suggest that drone strikes are as accurate as the American military and political establishment claim. But this myth of accuracy, and the numbers often trotted out to confirm this myth, hides two crucial facts:

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The Uses Of Women

This week Nabeela Rehman walked into the hallowed corridors of the US Congress and gave her testimony about the death of her grand mother who was killed by an American drone attack in Northern Waziristan, Pakistan. Nabeela is the grand-daughter

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The Uses Of Women

This week Nabeela Rehman walked into the hallowed corridors of the US Congress and gave her testimony about the death of her grand mother who was killed by an American drone attack in Northern Waziristan, Pakistan. Nabeela is the grand-daughter

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The War Against Terror & The Pakistani Citizen

  The vanquished know war. They see through the empty jingoism of those who use the abstract words of glory, honor, and patriotism to mask the cries of the wounded, the senseless killing, war profiteering, and chest-pounding grief. They know

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The War Against Terror & The Pakistani Citizen

  The vanquished know war. They see through the empty jingoism of those who use the abstract words of glory, honor, and patriotism to mask the cries of the wounded, the senseless killing, war profiteering, and chest-pounding grief. They know

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The Moral Case For Drones: Part II (Draft)

The moral case for drones are based on one simple idea: that those that we are using them against are terrorists. If you look at any journalist, academic and political discussion about the legality and morality of the use of

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The Moral Case For Drones: Part II (Draft)

The moral case for drones are based on one simple idea: that those that we are using them against are terrorists. If you look at any journalist, academic and political discussion about the legality and morality of the use of

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The Moral Case For Drones: Part I

This is the first part of a three-part series of essays that asks us to challenge the language and the history used to justify the continuing American drone campaign in Pakistan. This first part explores briefly the use of language

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The Moral Case For Drones: Part I

This is the first part of a three-part series of essays that asks us to challenge the language and the history used to justify the continuing American drone campaign in Pakistan. This first part explores briefly the use of language

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Ahmed Jaan

Ahmed Jaan was attending the tribal gathering when the attack took place sustained serious injuries to his legs and upper torso, and still cannot walk or stand properly. He insists that there were no ‘militants’ present in the meeting. The

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Ahmed Jaan

Ahmed Jaan was attending the tribal gathering when the attack took place sustained serious injuries to his legs and upper torso, and still cannot walk or stand properly. He insists that there were no ‘militants’ present in the meeting. The

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‘Frontier Justice’ – Mother Jones Magazine

This piece was originally published in Mother Jones Magazine as Frontier Justice – Writer Malcolm Garcia penned the piece based on his independent research and interviews with me after my return from Wana, Waziristan. The year was 2004. I post

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‘Frontier Justice’ – Mother Jones Magazine

This piece was originally published in Mother Jones Magazine as Frontier Justice – Writer Malcolm Garcia penned the piece based on his independent research and interviews with me after my return from Wana, Waziristan. The year was 2004. I post

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